IT was tipped to be a tight contest for the AFL’S prestigious Brownlow Medal with the chance of a tie but in the end a West Coast superstar reigned supreme.
Matt Priddis was humbled and even a little bit embarrased after taking out the Brownlow last night.
Priddis tallied two votes in the final round of the AFL season to finish on 26 last night.
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He said it was always a childhood dream to play in the AFL.
“I grew up like every young kid kicking the footy at the park with my brother and my old man. It was always a childhood dream so I was never going to give up,” Priddis said.
Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe, who was ineligible due to suspension, was next best on 25 votes.
Suns superstar Gary Ablett and Swan’s forward Lance Franklin were officially placed second on 22 points.
Priddis is the first Brownlow medallist to start his career on a rookie list.
Priddis missed out on All-Australian selection this year, the first Brownlow medallist to do so since Shane Woewodin in 2000.